Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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807.7 (B) Karaoke Displays

807.7 (B) Karaoke Displays

Karaoke displays may be registered as audiovisual works if they contain a series of images other than scrolling preexisting lyrics. A display containing only scrolling preexisting song lyrics is not copyrightable. See Section 807.2 (D).


• A karaoke display combining original scenic views of Los Angeles, scrolling lyrics to the Jerry Newfeld song “I Love Cake,” and the melody of that song constitutes a copyrightable audiovisual work (provided that the use of the song and the images is lawful).

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